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Indiana student: So, tell me, why do you like living in California?

Anjali Figueira-Santos
Special to The Union

Jay Leszcz is a seventh-grade student at Queen of Peace Catholic School in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Every year, the seventh-grade class at Queen of Peace is assigned a Novel Study Project, in which students each choose a state and send out a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, hoping for responses from the readers of the newspaper about the community where they live.

After they’ve received their responses, the students give a Google slides presentation on the things they’ve learned from their correspondence.

This year’s novel, “The Watsons go to Birmingham,” was assigned for the travel and historical fiction to be learned from it. Their teacher, Ms. Weisser, said that the children always love this project.

“It’s something that the eighth graders look back on and the sixth graders look forward to,” she said.


I’m writing to you for a class project I’m doing for a study novel called, “The Watsons go to Birmingham.”

My classmates and I are contacting newspapers across the country in a state we chose to learn about. I know that tons of my family live in California and some of my friends live there, too.

I have never been to California so I really want to go. Also I know that some places in California don’t get snow.

I’m writing to ask your readers to please write back and tell me why they like California, interesting facts about the state, and what visitors can do there. They can write to the school’s address … If they could also include a copy of the newspaper where they saw my letter, I’d appreciate it.


Jay Leszcz

Queen of Peace Catholic School

4508 Vistula Road

Mishawaka, IN 46544

Anjali Figueira-Santos is a Forest Charter School student and an intern at The Union. Contact her at

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